The Village is a cultural hub which stretches from Carlton to Bloor and is a melting pot for the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities of Toronto. The place is home to many galleries, theaters, hosts a variety of musical events and is always bustling with activity. It is the venue for Pride Week, Toronto's summer festival. The Village is also an address for many restaurants, bars and fashion stores. The symbol of The Village is a rainbow colored ribbon, which is a representation of The Village's identity. Colloquially the place is also referred to as the Gaybourhood or the Gay Ghetto.
Not only is this company one of the best-known gay and lesbian troupes in the world, but it has carved a vital and influential place for itself among Canada's theater organizations. Located just east of Yonge Street amid Toronto's Gay Village, the Buddies In Bad Times Theatre thrives by presenting cutting-edge and often controversial productions from Canadian playwrights. The theater features various plays and theatricals known for their eccentric nature.
Perhaps the most notable feature of this street is the number of gays and lesbians who feel comfortable making it their home away from home. From "the Steps" of Second Cup, where you can find people sitting during the summer. Whether you are part of that culture or not, you will be sure to enjoy the varied shops and restaurants along this street, as well as the National Ballet and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.